Wu-Tang Clan’s Next Album Is In Ghostface Killah’s Hands
For almost 23 years, Ghostface Killah has been an integral part of Wu-Tang Clan albums. If the Shaolin collective releases another LP, it is reportedly in the hands of G.F.K. to make it happen, and make it great.
In an interview with HipHopDX, the Staten Island, New York veteran MC revealed that RZA appointed him to orchestrate the Clan’s next dart. “RZA put the ball in my hand. He said ‘Yo, I want you to do it,’ and I been wanting to do it, and that’s a big test for me right there.”
Over the last 20 years, Ghostface Killah has released more than 16 projects, including an expansive solo catalog, and side-projects with Method Man and Raekwon, as well as Theodore Unit and Wu-Block. At a time when some of his bandmates have released questionable product, Iron Man Tony Starks continues to garner strong acclaim.
“It’s not what you do it’s how you do it,” Ghost’ told DX regarding his approach to an upcoming Clan LP. “It has to be done right. If it don’t fit then we can’t do it. It’ll just have to be done nice. That’s it. People can’t talk about it unless it’s good.”
In 2014, Wu released A Better Tomorrow through Warner Bros. Records. Less than one year ago, the group released Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Pressed to one official copy in a custom box, the Cilva Ringz-produced Wu-Tang Clan LP was purchased (for more than one million dollars) by Martin Shkreli—a controversial pharmaceutical mogul. The owner of the album would eventually get into a public conflict with Ghostface—leading Shkreli to threaten to erase the MC’s vocals from his sole copy.
Ghostface Killah told DX that he has a plan of action as to how to lead his peers into their next album. “I’m going to do my part first and let them know what I did and then have them listen to that and follow my lead.” He alluded that he will determine which Clansmen appear on what songs, as well as sequencing. This is a role long believed to be assumed by RZA since the critically-acclaimed 1993 debut, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). “I could be wrong, but my ears are my judgment. My heart tells me what’s right. But then again it might be somebody unexpected that blows everybody away. That’s how the Clan be. You never know who’s going to blow the track.”
Since 2007’s 8 Diagrams, longtime Wu affiliate and onetime Ghost’ protege Cappadonna has been an official member.
Elsewhere in the HipHopDX interview with Chris Mitchell, Ghostface Killah spoke about wrapping up his long-anticipated Supreme Clientele 2 album. Last year, G.F.K. released Twelve Reasons To Die II with Adrian Younge, and Sour Soul, produced by BADBADNOTGOOD. This summer, Ghost’ is touring with fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon.